Give Arnold Schwarzenegger credit: he’s making a serious effort to resurrect his acting career.

Case in point: Ah-nuld has essentially fulfilled his co-starring duties on The Expendables 2, is actively working on his return vehicle (titled The Last Stand), could possibly headline the indie thriller Captive in the future, still has the drama Cry Macho on his docket, looks to be a part of the all-but-inevitable Terminator 5 – and is now set to star in another high-octane action flick, titled Black Sands.

Deadline has the scoop on Schwarzenegger being set to star in Black Sands, which is currently scheduled to begin principal photography on April 1st, 2012. The project is being financed by QED: a company also responsible for the upcoming reboot I, Alex Cross and filmmaker Neil Blomkamp’s new sci-fi creation, Elysium.

Black Sands will feature Schwarzenegger as “a loner who wages war against a ruthless weapons manufacturer and his private army in the Southwest.” The most recent script draft for the thriller was penned by Skip Woods (Hitman, The A-Team); it is described as being a cross between Tony Scott’s “vigilante on a quest for redemption” thriller Man on Fire and Clint Eastwood’s down n’ dirty western High Plains Drifter.

The film will be directed by former stuntmen-turned-directing duo Mike McCoy and Scott Waugh, who also helmed the impending Navy SEALs action-adventure flick Act of Valor. Waugh, as it were, also previously handled stunt work on the (relatively lackluster) 1993 Schwarzenegger action-comedy, Last Action Hero.

Based on early trailer footage from Act of Valor, McCoy and Waugh definitely know how to shoot engaging and convincing militaristic combat sequences. Combine that with a screenplay by Woods – who has carved out a niche for himself, crafting mindless (not always in a bad way, mind you) visceral thrillers – and Black Sands arguably has the potential to be a worthy action vehicle, with Schwarzenegger in the leading man’s seat.

Black Sands at least reads as the sort of movie that devoted fans of the 64-year-old Austrian (former) beefcake would prefer to see him tackle. Plus, right now, the film sounds like it could be more of a genuinely gritty variation on a film like Commando than… well, the upcoming remake of that Schwarzenegger classic.

We will keep you posted on the status of Black Sands as more information is released.

Source: Deadline